Volleyball is a rapid, competitive sport. Although it’s often considered a girls’ activity, boys’ teams are growing in popularity. In fact, the youth volleyball club here in Chandler, Spiral Volleyball, has competitive teams of all levels for both boys and girls. If your young volleyball enthusiasts are looking to boost their game, though, you may want to invest in volleyball shoes.
Footwear that is specific to volleyball has special gum-rubber soles that provide excellent traction on somewhat slick court floors. The midsole of the shoe is specially reinforced to stabilize and protect the ball of the foot, especially from lateral movements. It also assists in absorbing shock when landing jumps and helps players stand more comfortably in a stance that relies on the ball of the foot. Typically this portion is made of foam to help the midsole be strong while staying flexible enough for players’ feet.
When you choose volleyball shoes, make sure they fit comfortably right away. The shoes should be snug, but not tight. Keep roughly half an inch between your longest toe and the end of the shoe as well. Your feet shouldn’t be able to move around inside the footwear when you play. Fit any shoes toward the end of the day when your feet are at their largest, and walk around in them to test their comfort.
Investing in good volleyball shoes is not a wasted expense. If you aren’t sure how to find the right kind of shoes for your feet, or you are concerned about discomfort you may be feeling when you play, contact our team here at Advanced Foot and Ankle Specialists of Arizona. You can reach our Chandler, AZ office by calling (480) 963-9000 or the Gilbert, AZ office at (480) 981-1800.
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